Morning briefing: Kalam’s funeral in Rameswaram with full state honours

GN Staff | July 30, 2015


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The funeral of former President APJ Abdul Kalam is being held in Rameswaram today with full military honours. Prime minister Narendra Modi, Defence minister Manohar Parrikar and few chief ministers will be among those attending the last rites. The former president passed away after suffering a massive cardiac arrest while he was addressing students at IIM, Shillong on Monday evening. He was rushed to a hospital but failed to recover.

Yakub Memon hanged in Nagpur jail after SC hearing at 3 am
After an unprecedented Supreme Court order at 4 am on Thursday, the lone death row convict in the 1993 Mumbai blasts Yakub Memon was hanged in the Nagpur jail at 6.43 am. In a first, the Supreme Court was opened for judges to hear at 3 am, the final plea against the execution of Yakub. After about 90 minutes, the judges rejected Memon's appeal to stop his execution.

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Government clears GST amendments, states to be compensated for 5 Years
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Sensex surges, Nifty reclaims 8,400
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Facebook profit falls 9 Per Cent
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Telangana to turn panchayats into mini banks

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Ola gets no relief from Delhi HC
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